Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A little bit of gold in Wyoming

Are you looking for something that you can find with a “regular” metal detector? Maybe something that would set you up for life but wouldn’t require digging a hole sixty feet deep to find it? Well folks, have I got a deal for you!

If you find yourself in Wyoming, hopefully during the summer, you may want to take a trek over to Washakie County and do some looking around the mountains near the Big Horn River. You could walk away with your own pot of gold.

Back in 1863 Allen Hurlburt and two cohorts found themselves a glory hole along a creek in the mountains near the Big Horn River and began pulling large amounts of gold out of the mine. They were finding so much gold that they built themselves a little cabin in the area so they would be comfortable while making themselves rich. There was just one little problem with this plan, they were smack dab in the middle of Indian country and this didn’t make the Indians very happy.

The three men were only at their mine for less than a year, accumulating $90,000 in gold through the one and only winter they spent at the site. Keep in mind this is supposed to be $90,000 in 1863 money so do the math. As they pulled their gold from the ground they promptly put it back in the ground by burying it in the floor of the cabin for safe keeping.
As with most treasure stories this one doesn’t have a happy ending. The Indians became aware of Mr. Hurlburt and his friends during the winter of 1863 and took it upon themselves to burn the miners’ cabin to the ground and kill two of the three miners. Only Mr. Hurlburt escaped the melee and was found a few months later wondering along the Platte River, several miles southeast of where the cabin was located.

Allen Hurlburt chose to stay away from the area for several years after that due to the ongoing hostilities of the local Indians. When he did finally try to go back and retrieve the gold that had been mined by the three men he couldn’t find the spot.

That leaves a nice size cache of raw gold just waiting for a treasure hunter to find. Granted, there are several creeks in the mountains near the Big Horn River but there still may be some remnants of the old cabin left to find. There may also be some “trash” left behind by the miners that could be found with a detector that would let you know you are in the right area.

You never know, a little research and a lot of walking and you may just find your own retirement. What else do you have to do?

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